17, October 2016

The Corvette: The Real American Sports Car

The Chevrolet Corvette, a forever car classic legend, has in some way withstood escalated insurance rates, frivolous and pointless safety legislation, and engine contamination add ons. The Chevrolet Corvette has been unanimously accepted as the example of a top-of-the-line sports car. Automobiles come and go, new car models come and go, but the Corvette rides on. No car has been able to have as many aspects of a high-performance sports car like the Corvette. The flexibility of this incredible car has fascinated all age groups and has made owning a Corvette a most respectable thing.

The Corvette has been through numerous changes in its existence, including each custom and hot rod fad going. It is a miracle that the Corvette has stayed a true high performance sports car and didn’t grow into a sedan like the Thunderbird. The Corvette was in on the start of the fast car era. In the 50’s, folks le wanted fast cars, and by ’57, the Corvette was commanding the pack. Hot rodding is indebted to the Corvette. It was accountable for nearly all of the higher performance parts from Chevrolet, including four-speed transmissions and hot solid lifter camshafts.

Performance was the thing in the late 50’s and early 60’s. One of the largest controversies of the day was which was faster – a Corvette or a Ferrari. What it boiled down to was who liked which car the most and that one was the winner.

Corvette owners were purchasing the high-performance varieties and making great use of them drag racing on the weekends and attending road events. There were brake and bar choices for the sporty set. Even though the suspensions system was an accumulation of early passenger automobile parts, the low center of gravity and almost equal weight distribution caused these cars to handle well. The 50/50 weight distribution did not offend the drag racers, as they won a lot of races.